2021 Monterey County History Day Winners

 
     
 
And, the 2021 Monterey County History Day winners are ...
 
Los Arboles Middle School
 
Congratulations to our LAMS scholars who challenged themselves by entering the 2021 Monterey County National History Day competition, sponsored by the Lyceum of Monterey county.  This was the 31st annual competition and the first virtual edition.  All Monterey County winners are eligible to advance to the California state level competition, held in May.  The National History Day theme this year was Communication in History:  The Key to Understanding.

From Los Arboles Middle School, we have the following winners (both county winners and special award winners):

Junior Individual Exhibit
Michelle Solorzano, 8th grade
Dorothea Lange:  
Communicating Human Suffering Through Photography
Monterey County Winner
Women in History Award
Popular Culture Award
This is Michelle's third year of competing at the Monterey County History Day (she won special prizes in 6th and 7th grade), and her first year advancing to the state level competition.

Junior Individual Exhibit
Kenzie Dodson, 8th grade
Always on Key:  
How Yo-Yo Ma Communicates Through His Cello
Monterey County Winner
This is Kenzie's first year competing at the Monterey County History Day.

Junior Group Documentary
Matthew Bartlett
Jaredyn Lagrimas
Kyle Marin
(all 8th grade)
Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster:  
Understanding how Miscommunication Led to Catastrophe
Monterey County Winner
Environmental History Award
Turning Points in History Award
This is the first year at the Monterey County History Day for this team, but they have been working together since the 6th grade.

Many Los Arboles alumni continue to compete in National History Day while in high school, and work with me to prepare their entry.  This year, a LAMS alumni from Monterey High School has been advanced to state;

Senior Individual Documentary
Ruby Pelton, 9th grade
Newsboys Stop the Presses and the World: 
Communications Down All Across New York
Monterey County Winner
Turning Points in History Award
Popular Culture Award
This is Ruby's fourth year in a row of advancing to the state competition. In 6th and 7th grade, she was the Monterey county winner for Junior Individual Performance, and in 8th grade she was the Monterey county winner for Junior Individual Documentary.


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This was an amazingly challenging year to prepare a project for the all virtual History Day competition, requiring students to do more work on their own than in the past. These students deserve a HUGE round of applause for their perseverance in creating such outstanding projects in such an unusual educational environment. All Los Arboles students create a History Day project, and this year was no different. Congrats to all for their excellent efforts.
 
Seaside Middle School
 
The following students participated in Seaside Middle School's History Day Club (coached by Miss Aleru and Miss Mills) and worked tirelessly throughout this already challenging year to complete and showcase their projects. They deserve huge recognition for their efforts to go above and beyond their normal school day in order to make their projects successful.
 
This year, we have both county winners and special award winners from Seaside Middle School, Seaside High School and Monterey High School. They are:
 
Niya Sandoval, 8th grade, SMS
Historical Paper
Determining Their Destiny: The Black Panther Party and Their Ten Point Program
Monterey County Winner
*This is the first year Niya has competed in the Monterey County History Day competition, and her first year advancing to the state competition.
 
Edrine Tetsing, 8th grade, SMS
Individual Exhibit
The Declaration of Independence, The Call For Freedom
Monterey County Winner
*This is the first year Edrine has competed in the Monterey County History Day competition, and her first year advancing to the state competition.
 
It's also very exciting to announce that two Seaside Middle School Alumni, coached by Miss Mills and Miss Aleru, competed in the competition this year. They both previously competed history day as 8th graders. They are:
 
Marielle Mabaet, 11th grade, SHS
Historical Paper
Remembering the Ladies: How Abigail Adams Set the Foundation of Feminism and Women's Rights Through Communication
Special Award Winner:
Colonial Dames Award
Women in History Award
Turning Points in History Award
*This is Marielle's 2nd time competing in the county competition. Marielle's group documentary in 8th grade made the state competition in 2018 and competed in the state finals.
 
Emily Hernandez, 10th grade, MHS
Historical Paper
Deciphering Enigma: Alan Turing
Monterey County Honorable Mention
Special Award Winner:
Military in History Award
Turning Points in History Award
*This is Emily's 2nd time competing in the county competition. In 2019, as an 8th grader, Emily's historical paper made the state finals.